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Textiles Career

by Kittylynn74 Posted 15th Jan 2013 at 9:56 PM
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This career needs a little explaining. It starts back 4 years ago when we found a box of journals belonging to my Great Great Grandmother. She had kept a journal every year for 25 years starting from when she got her first apprenticeship in Scotland at the age of *14 in 1891, until she was about 39 and stopped doing Seamstress work full time due to arthritis. *If you think 14 is young for an apprenticeship, my Great Great Grandmother was actually 2 years older than most of the other apprentices at the time. Her father felt she was too small to apprentice sooner.

I have been trying to salvage these old journals, they are fragile and fading. I finished scanning all of them into my computer a few months ago. While scanning them I couldn't help read what she went through in the textile industry as a young woman and later as a young mother in Scotland. Then after moving to America in her late 20's she continued at the skill she knew best and did Pattern-making and Seamstress work in New York, Missouri and finally in Utah where she stayed.

The job descriptions are as she called and spelled them and in the order she went through herself:

Apprentice - Lapper & Baler are the first 3 levels. You can see the In-Game descriptions and appearance in the picture.
*They are also the Teen/Elder version of the career. Picture Below



Finisher - Weaver & Litster are levels 4 through 6. You can see the In-Game descriptions and appearance in the picture.



Cutter - Patternmaker & Seamstress/Tailor are levels 5 through 9. You can see the In-Game descriptions and appearance in the picture.



Cutter & Patternmaker are the first 2 levels that have any sort of uniform. I would have loved to create authentic, period uniforms for this career but I wanted to keep it CC free and Base Game compatible. Of course in my Great Great Grandmothers time she never would have worn trousers (as she would have called them), but I think the NPC salesperson uniform is fine for Sims. Seamstress & Tailor wear the Cheap Suit. Screenshots of both are below.

The final level is Haberdasher. This was a point of both reverence and humor for my Great Great Grandmother. Females almost never became a Haberdasher, most of the time a clever Seamstress could become a Haberdasher's wife. Haberdashers were the owners of the millinery and tailors shops, in a form of landlord for the property plus had the ability to hire and fire any person on the premises... for any reason. It was not an easy industry and competition was fierce. The wealthy liked their clothing custom tailored and fitted, they disdained "ready-made" clothing. Haberdashers became quite rich if their Tailors & Seamstresses were good.

So my in game shots of Haberdasher has them wearing Power Suits and riding in the Limo. It seemed appropriate.





I will not spoil the Chance Cards other than to say that most of them came from real-life situations described in the journals. I kept them as true to her experiences as possible. Of course I had to come up with both good & bad consequences which took a little brain crunching!

The Teen/Elder version of the career is a separate package, but it will properly transition when a teen becomes an adult.



Additional Credits:
I want to thank SuperFly, Emma_Barrett for their tutorials. The Feedback Forum for pointing me in the right direction. And SimPE & Bidou's Career Editor.

Age: Teen Adult Elder
Career Type: Historical Realistic
Chance cards: All

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#2 Old 16th Jan 2013 at 10:27 AM
How awesome! I always wonder what career to send my tailors into, and now I have one that fits perfectly. Excellent!
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#3 Old 16th Jan 2013 at 12:41 PM
Glad to fill the gap!

I have followed in the family footsteps and am myself a seamstress, so this is now my SimSelf career. Im the 5th generation that has followed the seamstress trade... I didn't have to apprentice though, just had sewing lessons since I was 6 years old.
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#4 Old 16th Jan 2013 at 2:03 PM
This is so awesome! Such a loving way to honor your grandmother. Thank you for sharing with us. I can't wait to add this to my game.
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#5 Old 16th Jan 2013 at 7:32 PM
This is wonderful, Kittylynn! Thankyou so much. And thanks for sharing with us the story of your great-great-grandmother. I wish more of the custom careers came with personal back-stories like this.
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#6 Old 17th Jan 2013 at 7:20 PM
I live in Massachusetts, about an hour's drive away from Lowell, Mass, where some of the first textile mills were in the US. (Maybe your great-great-grandmother worked in one of them). There is a large open-air museum about the early textile industry - several buildings, a boat ride on canals, trolley cars, etc. If you ever visit...

My ex was big into textiles and weaving and your career certainly looks authentic. I've installed it and, always a moment of concern, checked to see if any existing careers were overlaid.

P.S. They weren't, so all is OK to go. Thank you! Your great-great-grandmother would be honored!
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#7 Old 19th Jan 2013 at 10:35 PM
One word. AWSOME!
I'm rooting for you in the contest!
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#8 Old 21st Jan 2013 at 3:03 AM
This is so awesome as I was in textiles all my life. As a tender and to mechanic and supervisor. This is as I said before.......awesome. Thanks hun
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#9 Old 26th Jan 2013 at 4:45 PM
This looks really interesting - it may just inspire me to start a period neighborhood, although I'd need to research how to eliminate or replace the uniforms of the upper levels. Good work and thanks!!
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#10 Old 30th Jan 2013 at 5:48 PM
Thanks for all your great comments! @mac - After all I have read and seen in my great great grandmothers journals, seeing those museums would be awesome. I might have to try to get there someday. I know grandma was in New York for a while... Im not sure where she was before that.
@wwgoose - I wanted to create custom-period uniforms, but I didn't know how and I thought the career would be better CC free. I might still try some uniforms someday or find someone who knows how to help me. If you want to remove the uniforms completely from your own game you would have to edit the package with SimPE and use Bidou's Career Editor...just don't re upload it or anything.
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#11 Old 5th Feb 2013 at 7:22 PM
Thanks for this career :3 I love textiles. My grandmother and my grandfather were tailor.
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#12 Old 24th Feb 2013 at 2:13 AM
Oh wow. Never expected to find something so real in here. Thanks, I'm going to enjoy this, and thanks to Grandma Kittylynn!
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#13 Old 26th Feb 2013 at 7:16 PM
This is so awesome! I like realistic careers and this is probably the best one! Thank you for such an awesome upload!
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#14 Old 28th Feb 2013 at 1:43 PM
This is quite possibly the coolest career I have ever laid eyes on.
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#15 Old 28th Mar 2013 at 2:30 AM
What a wonderful way to honor her memory! I love "real" careers.
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#16 Old 28th Feb 2014 at 9:20 PM
thanks :)
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#17 Old 15th Mar 2014 at 1:50 PM
What a wonderful piece of history about your ancestor (and millions others like her throughout history and nowaday life! In honour of her, and all of these people around the world, I'm taking this career, Kittylynn, because where would we all be without people who do this line of work?
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#18 Old 25th Mar 2014 at 4:30 AM
this is great! i just happen to create a sim that likes sewing and i was wondering if there was a career that fits. thanks for sharing your history as well
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#19 Old 12th Sep 2014 at 11:42 PM
It is so cool that you found those journals, and used your great-great-grandmother's experience to base this career on. Thank you for sharing!
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#20 Old 28th Sep 2014 at 9:54 PM
this is a well-needed bit of variety to a sometimes drab career selection.
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#21 Old 25th Dec 2014 at 1:42 PM
Fascinating detail, Kittylynn, and what a nice way to honor your Great Great Grandmother. I am sure she is working with you in spirit and quite happy as she sees what you are doing with her history. Very touching :-) It will be an honor to play this career.
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#22 Old 4th Jan 2015 at 10:35 PM
What a legacy. Thanks so much for sharing them with us! I can't wait to try this in game.
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#23 Old 20th Jan 2015 at 1:45 PM
Great idea and a lovely tribute! - There are still "haberdashers" where I live, but not many and most (but not all) of them elderly.
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#24 Old 22nd Jun 2016 at 8:03 PM
It was very interesting to read the story behind this career. Thanks for sharing with us!
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#25 Old 10th Feb 2020 at 10:43 AM
This is beautifully written and researched! What a great career! I'm going to use it in my historical hood.